A salt water flush is a medical method to which you achieve body detoxification. It particularly carries out the toxins in your colon.
An Overview of How Saltwater Flush is Done
The saltwater flush method is quite simple to do. Basically, you just have to mix lukewarm water and non-iodized salt and drink it. For others, the effect will be instantaneous, and for some, it may take a while before you have an urge to eliminate feces.
Enthusiasts of the saltwater flush greatly believe in its power to flush out toxins. It is said it acts like fiber, and it brushes away the colon of toxins and excess things like parasites, old feces, and much more waste material. There are precautions and things to know though before doing this method. This article will be your ultimate guide in all things that you should know about the saltwater flush.
There is quite a confusion and mix of conclusions as to what scientific researches say about. Some research tells us that the salt water flush is effective and safe. Some skeptics say that it does not live up to its promise that it will flush out excesses and parasites in your colon. If scientific journals are of mix reviews so is the anecdotes that you will see in the social media sites. In short, there is a little scientific background to back up both claims of each side. There has been no statistics about its effectivity nor safety.
There was a study though that is conducted in 2010 which states that the salt water flush can be effective under certain circumstances. The salt water flush should have supplementary yoga and physical exercise. It did not mention though if doing the salt water flush alone can render positive results.
Who are the Good Candidates for the Saltwater Flush?
The salt water flush is said to be a good method of cleansing your bowels. Anyone who has a problem with bowel movements or bowel, in general, can benefit from the effects of the salt water flush. Since the salt water flush is not medically proven, there are no guidelines and standards of doing it or who should do it. Our logical mind dictates, however, that saltwater flush can benefit people who are constipated, and who has an irregular bowel movement. If you are somebody that wants to detoxify or to cleanse your body, the salt water flush is a logical candidate to undergo.
Who are the Persons Who Are Not Eligible for the Saltwater Flush Method?
- If you have any heart-related problems
- If you have any problems in the kidney
- If you have diabetes
- If you have any gastrointestinal problems
The salt water flush is not scientifically backed. So we do not know yet if the saltwater flush method alters the ecosystem of good and bad bacteria in your colon. However, it is to be logically expected that at some point, it might indeed, change the microbiome of the colon. So, this is a warning for people who are microbiome imbalance in the gut to not try the salt water flush method. This method might indeed worsen the balance of good and bad microbes in your colon that might lead to certain illnesses and diseases.
The Saltwater Flush Procedure
Since there is no medical standard or procedure about the salt water flush method, we will be giving you the universally accepted unofficial procedure:
- Get drinkable water consisting of about 4 small cups and boil it. The cup should not be plastic so the mixture could be free from BPA.
- Put two teaspoons of non-iodized salt in hot water. Mix it until it dissolves.
- Wait for the mixture to cool off and drink it as soon as possible when your stomach is empty.
- If you cannot stand the solution, you can try to mix it with lemon.
It is said that the best time to do the salt water flush is in the morning when you wake up and your stomach is empty or in the evening right before your sleeping time. However, you can do the salt water flush anytime you please as long as your stomach has no contents in it. It is a good thing to plan your saltwater flush timeline since, after the process, you will most likely have an urgent bowel movement.
Precaution to Note
All people are not the same. Each of us has a slightly different reaction to anything. Be prepared for the following things to happen although not all of us may experience these:
- This may cause vomiting or nausea
- An increase of sodium may be expected to try to keep the saltwater flush method to a minimum
- The possibility of high blood pressure
- Abdominal cramps
- Involuntary muscular spasm
- The feeling of fatigue
- Brain fog
- Irregular heartbeat
Is saltwater flush the only way to detoxify oneself? Lucky for us, salt water flush is not the only way to detoxify. We have a lot of options, and some are even medically acknowledged. Examples of these alternatives are laxatives, detoxification juices, teas, and many more.
However, the best method in detoxifying perhaps is the support that we give to detoxifying organs like our liver and kidney. They are the main heroes in our body when it comes to eliminating wastes. They draw out toxins from the blood and from the food that we eat. To support these two organs, these are the following things that we can do:
- Drink water
- Do a general check-up each year
- Try to limit your alcohol consumption
- Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet
- Quit smoking
- Veer away from inhaling and exposing yourself from toxic substances;
- Have a normal body mass index
- Include soluble and insoluble fiber in your diet
Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT on November 14, 2016 — Written by Annette McDermott